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Former WC baseball player signs with McPherson College

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DJ Lewis (Photo courtesy SMCC Athletics)

Southwest Mississippi Community College outfielder DJ Lewis has signed a scholarship to play at McPherson College in Kansas to further his playing career.

Lewis, a former Warren Central High School Viking, has played baseball for the last two years at SMCC. This year, he had 11 hits, including three doubles, five runs batted in and a pair of stolen bases when the season came to an early end because of the coronavirus.

Lewis has impressed his coaches over the past two years, and they are happy to see him take the  next step in his career.

“Lewis is the type of player that can make things happen. He hits from the left side and runs well and can cause a lot of problems for teams defensively. He manned left field for us and did a great job. I’m very excited that McPherson is giving his this opportunity,” SWCC head coach Ken Jackson told Southwest Sports.

When he arrives at McPherson in the fall, Lewis plans on majoring in criminal justice.

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McDaniel and Sizemore finished successfully in their first season as head coaches

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VHS Gators Head Coach Todd McDaniel (photo )

Vicksburg High School football coach Todd McDaniel and St. Aloysius football coach Stacey Sizemore both finished with successful seasons in their first year at their schools.

McDaniel arrived at VHS earlier this year to help lead the Gator who hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2017.

The Gators had a rocky start in McDaniels first few games but the head coach quickly began turning things around as the offense got more and more comfortable with the wing-t running style.

The Gators were able to finish with a 4-8 season and ended up reaching the class 5A playoffs this season. McDaniel and the Gators will now begin weight room workouts to prepare for spring training.

Flashes Head Coach Stacey Sizemore (photo )

Sizemore got the head coaching job of the Flashes back in February and inherited a very young team that he was in charge of turning around.

The Flashes struggled in the beginning of the season and were unable to score a touchdown early in the year. Soon, St. Aloysius shocked Silliman Institute in a 38-0 shutout to give them their first win under Sizemore.

The Flashes went on the finish the season with a 4-7 record under Sizemore and they are now currently in off season training.

Both Sizemore and McDaniel have a long history and reputation of building successful programs at the schools which they have coached, and many fans will be supporting them as they are preparing for their second season.

 

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Anderson leads Tulane to 38-12 win over Army

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Former Vicksburg High School football player Nick Anderson continues to help lead Tulane as they defeated Army on Saturday 38-12.

Anderson had 3 tackles in the big game, which now gives Tulane a 5-4 record for the year and brings them one step closer to being eligible to play in a bowl game.

Anderson was also a team captain in Saturday’s victory. Since joining the Green Waves last season, he has improved his performance each week.

The Green Waves will face Tulsa on Thursday where Anderson will need to have another great performance to help Tulane to victory.

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USM quarterback Jack Abraham out for the season

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Jack Abraham (photo courtesy USM Athletics)

USM quarterback Jack Abraham is reportedly out for the rest of the season.

Abraham suffered from a concussion earlier this season as well as COVID-19. He was the star of the offense under former head coach Jay Hopson who resigned earlier this season.

Abraham led the Golden Eagles to two winning seasons as the starting quarterback.

USM will start Trey Lowe Saturday in the game with Western Kentucky. Lowe is the third string quarterback behind Tate Whately who is battling a concussion.

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